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RATINGS: 943   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Often referred to as Burning River Pale Ale’s big brother, this stock ale is remarkably balanced for such a highly hopped beer. A rich deep blood red color makes this beer scary enough to be served every Halloween and a few other times of the year.

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3.9
Tmoney99 (15114) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Bottle 12oz thanks to Seth at BP-Clough in Cincy. Poured a dark amber with large off-white head. Good aroma of brown sugar. Medium to full body. Complex flavor of hops and malt with a small bitter finish. Another very good brew from GREAT LAKES.

3.8
Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2010
12 ounce bottle courtesy of alexsdad06. Thanks! Pours a hazy reddish copper color with a large tan creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is bready and doughy with fairly strong hoppy notes and some nutty notes. Taste is bread, caramel, bitter leafy hops and faint berry-like fruity notes in the finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

4.2
Dogbrick (14287) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2004 On draught at Barley’s Smokehouse. Billed as the big brother to Burning River, I'd also say it is kissin' cousins with Arrogant Bastard. Pours a luminous red color with a medium and creamy light tan head. Thin rings of lacing throughout. The aroma is a nice blend of malt, fruit and hops. Rich and tart with robust bitterness. Hops, malt, fruit and alcohol play nicely together. The finish is nicely bitter hops, with a pinch of citrus and sweet malt. As usual I am impressed with this scary good offering from GLBC.

3.7
Lubiere (14240) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
A hazed dark amber ale with a thick lacing mocha head. In aroma, a nice musty vinous malt aroma, barley wine like, with smooth grassy hops, very nice. In mouth, a nice roasted vinous malt with grassy piney hops, silky mouthfeel, alcohol warmth, very nice.

4
crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
12 oz bottle, best before 11/30/10. It pours a deep brownish crimson with a soapy off-white head. It sticks for a while and recedes to a lot of lacing. The smell is hoppy goodness. There is tons of ruby red grapefruit and citrus with a bit of pine. There is also some caramel and toastiness from the malt underneath. The taste is pretty awesome, it has been a while since I have had a beer this hoppy (I haven’t had any good, fresh IPAs lately). It is mostly pine, which I love. There is a hint of astringent bittersweetness and cloying sweetness in the end, perhaps some rottenish fruit presence as well, but it is mostly hops and it isn’t overly sweet. The mouthfeel is a bit cloying and a bit thin for my liking. This is an interesting brew that is suitable for hop lovers when fresh. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-02-2010 02:31:54

3.6
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Clear amber body with minimal off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, some spice, earthy, herbal, grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, some herbal, good bite. Medium body. Nice 1-D beer.

3.8
BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Thanks to jsquire for this brew. Pours a cloudy amber to copper with an average light brown frothy head. Good patchy lined lacing. Aroma is heavily malty with caramel and faibt yeast, kind of like buttered toast. Hoppy initial flavor with warming caramel malts and finishes with a lingering spicy hoppiness. Warm and full-bodied thick palate, almost syrupy.

3.4
j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bottle thanks to Crizay I believe, from a trade a while back. Pours a clear crimson hued brown with a diminishing medium sized beige head. Aroma is soft old malt heavy with plum and caramel. Spicy with some oxidization and a bit of malt. Finishes up dry and with some big bitterness.

3.9
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, and herbs. Flavor of hops and caramel.

3.8
hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2005
12oz bottle acquired in trade with BBB63 (thanks!). Bottle labeled best before Nov. 20, 04. Poured a medium and clear amber color with a very small sized off white head. The color had a reddish hue to it as well. Aromas of hops (still there after a year past its BB date), oranges, citrus, and a light smokiness in the background. Tastes of orange peel, citrus and caramel. Nicely balanced. Sticky body. I wonder what the hops would be like in a fresh bottle.


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